Area Business Briefs

Hillman biz gets state grant

Montmorency County’s Next Phase Enterprises will get a $94,800 in grant money from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to establish commercial dry bean and hemp flour production line, state Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, who represents Northeast Michigan, said in a news release.

Brothers Shah and Haq Chaudary bought a product line of gluten-free products in Hillman last fall and launched Next Phase with plans to move it to Chicago. They decided to stay in Michigan, with the goal of making Hillman the gluten-free manufacturing capital of the Midwest.

About $1.8 million in grants were given to 20 food and agriculture projects statewide, Stamas said.

AHC celebrates National Health Center Week

Celebrate America’s Health Centers: Rooted in Communities is the theme of this year’s National Health Center Week, which runs Monday through Friday, the Alcona Health Center said in a news release.

“As a community health center I feel strongly that we should be embedded in the communities we serve,” Alcona Health Center CEO Nancy Spencer said in a statement.

Alcona Health Center will offer several free events at all of its locations, from giveaways to children’s health fairs. The calendar is available at bitly.com/CelebrateNHCW2019 or alconahealthcenters.org.

Tractor Supply to host deer, wildlife event

The Alpena Tractor Supply store, 310 Ripley Boulevard, will host a deer and wildlife event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 10, the company said in a news rlease.

“At Tractor Supply, we cater to customers who live the Out Here lifestyle, which for many, means an emphasis on hunting,” Karl Miltz, manager of the Alpena Tractor Supply store, said in a news release. “This event is designed for those hunting enthusiasts and touches on everything from managing feed plots and herds to guidance on hunter safety.”

The event is open to the public. Call 989-358-8933 for more information.

NAFCU raises $10K for Cancer Society

Northland Area Credit Union has raised about $10,000 for the American Cancer Society, the credit union said in a news release.

The money was raised through several fundraising events in April, May and June.

“There is no greater feeling than giving to a cause that could help save someone’s life,” NAFCU CEO Pete Dzuris said in a statement. “We are humbled to participate in incredible causes like this one, year after year.”